The Man With the Golden Arm and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Man With The Golden A... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ex Library book with usual stamps and stickers. Good Clean Condition Book. A slight tan to the page edges. Over 2 million items sold. Fast dispatch and delivery. Excellent Customer Feedback. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Trade in your item
Get a £0.29
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Man With The Golden Arm Paperback – 12 Jan 2005


See all 26 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£7.93
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£5.11 £1.69
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
£7.00

Frequently Bought Together

The Man With The Golden Arm + A Walk On The Wild Side + Last Exit to Brooklyn (Penguin Modern Classics)
Price For All Three: £25.47

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £0.29
Trade in The Man With The Golden Arm for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.29, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (12 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841955612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841955612
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

* This is a man writing and you should not read it if you cannot take a punch - Mr Algren can hit with both hands and move around and he will kill you if you are not awfully careful ... Mr Algren, boy, you are good. -- Ernest Hemingway * Algren's skill brings his city to life; his writing carries you into his heart and his outraged compassion ensures that his story is as relevant now as ever. The Observer * What Runyon did for New York with Guys and Dolls, Algren does for the 'windy city'...On its last page The Man with the Golden Arm lapses into - or should that be achieves - the condition of poetry, something Algren's writing was always close to. The Herald * America's finest, yet most neglected writer...Nelson Algren's enduring love for the Windy City and its struggling immigrants fired his hauntingly brilliant prose...Thanks to Rebel Inc, The Man with the Golden Arm may now be remembered as Algren's work. It would be only a fragment of what he deserved. Bizarre

About the Author

Nelson Algren was born in 1909 in Detroit and lived mostly in Chicago. His published works including A Walk on the Wild Side (which inspired the Lou Reed song of the same name), Somebody in Boots and Never Come Morning. He was also a prolific writer of short stories, essays, travelogues and poems. In 1950 The Man with the Golden Arm earned him the first American National Book Award. His life was a succession of gambling problems, disastrous marriages and wild extremes - ranging from Texas prisons and skid-row soup-kitchens to Hollywood parties and literary celebrations. He also had a passionate love affair with French feminist Simone de Beauvoir. Algren died in 1981, shortly after being appointed as a fellow of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
I ask people if they've read a certain book, and often they'll ask "does it count if I saw the movie?" I tell them it never counts; in the case of the Man With The Golden Arm, you should have to read the book twice to make up for it.
I believe it was Hemingway who said of Algren, "don't read him if you can't take a punch." This is a powerful book, definitely not for everyone. If you like it, though, give Don Carpenter a try as well (another tragically underappreciated writer),
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaz Hill on 22 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
...,losers being the only ones left with something to say and no one to say it."
For me that sums up Algren's passion to tell the stories he wrote about real people scrabbling to get by. He was unflinching yet humane and the muscle of his prose adds to the realism and honesty of his work. Algren's anti-heroes cannot escape their downward spiral, but retain some kind of dignity despite their defeat. I am surprised and saddened by the reviews of Algren's work that want a zippier pace and plot -- that would undermine the theme and story world by going 'Hollywood' slick. You need an attention span to read an Algren book - and that's a good thing.
While I'm glad Canongate has republished this, I tried (and failed) to review the edition that I read... as the thought of Irvine Welsh associating himself with Algren -- if only by writing an introduction -- really annoys me. Algren was the real deal; Welsh has made a lot more money from his books but they don't come anywhere close -- Welsh just doesn't have the compassion in his writing that Algren did. Not a fraction of it. Canongate did well to publish Welsh... but hell, he's not in the same league as Algren, Kurt Vonnegut (the introduction), or Studs Terkel who wrote the 'Afterword'.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
The film is better known yet far inferior to the book. This is a genuinely heart breaking, yet unsentimental, tale of social and personal dereliction and decay. A timeless evocation of the inner city, its victims and survivors.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE on 9 April 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A synopsis of the story is well set out in one of the other reviews but I am astonished that reviewers have given this five stars.(By the way,I've never seen the film)

The first 100 pages are a mess requiring iron will to persevere- where was the editing? The dialogue is extremely difficult for a UK reader. Phonetic spelling is everywhere (fee-an-sey). Proper Nouns & personal names proliferate eg)Steerer, Blind Pig, Meter Reader,Record Head, one character has at least four interchangeable names such that you are half way through the book before easy recognition kicks in. The best name, apart from Frankie Machine himself, has got to be Rumdum the alcoholic hound.

The UK reader (and possibly US reader) will also need a whole new vocabulary eg)unkjay,coneroo,sandlot,aggies,lamisters,boog honky-tonk. There are many more and the problem is that it slows reading to a crawl or convert to scan read.

For such a dark novel it does contain some lovely comedy one-liners but it is so easy to miss them in a blizzard of metaphors. There is a good novel in there (a much shorter novel) but my feelings can be summed up with this quote;

'Go back to the beginning',Sparrow requested politely,'I lost tract in the middle'. But DeWitt was too busy hauling that little red wagon of piled-up woes to heed anyone'.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback